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The A-Z of my Life!

Asexual; I have recently come out as Asexual and I’m proud to say I am!
Brownies; I’ve been a Brownie Leader for 6 years now!
College; I’ve been a college student for 4 years and done 4 different subjects, Acting, Theatre Technology, Photography and now Childcare.
Dominos; It’s officially a thing now, my house is connected with ordering Dominos and it’s pretty much all my friends and I eat.
Education; Should hopefully be the line of work I’ll go into (alongside writing)
FictionPress; Where my writing actually took off, a lot of my stories are there under RJ Seeley but they are terrible, unedited messes.
Gang Show; I’ve done 2 Gang Shows and am going to be doing my 3rd in 2015
Harry Potter; It doesn’t matter how many years it’s been or how many new things have come out I’ll still love just sitting and watching the Harry Potter films (Prisoner of Azkaban is my favourite)
Iceland; One of the countries I visited on my 2014 cruise. We went swimming in the Blue Lagoon!
January 17th 2013; The day I published my first ever book, Superstar.
Kids; I spend my life surrounded by kids by being a Brownie leader, a Rainbow Leader and soon a Teaching Assistant
LGBT; My main topic of writing and a topic I am hugely interested in and am supportive of.
Musical Theatre; My one true calling in life! I’ve always been a massive fan of MT and will continue to be for years to come (favourites include Billy Elliot (stage), Hairspray, Starlight Express and of course Grease)
Nineteen; The age I am currently at, and it’s okay.
Overdue; I was born 3 weeks late, arriving on the 16th August 1995
Prima Ballerina; One of the things I’d like to be when I grow up, but cannot be due to weak ankles
Queens Guide; I am one of 20,000 people who have their Queens Guide Award
R.J. Seeley; My alias, my writing name – but who knows my real name ;)
Scouser; Born and Bred in Liverpool, lived in the city for 19 years so far! (I’m a blue)
The Little Mermaid; My favourite animated Disney Film and the film that used to put me to bed every night when I was little.
University; I don’t plan on going to University in any of the near future.
Vlogger; I’ve tried to be a vlogger, I have a YouTube page called ASeeley!
Writing; I am a writer, I spend pretty much every awake moment writing and will continue to write!
X-Ray; My first x-ray was when I was 6 and I’d fell over a brick and twisted my ankle
Y0-y0; A memory from my first year in college
Zizzle; Z was hard, so this word made me smile, smile :D

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What Happened to Childhood?

I’ve found this increasingly being the question I’ve asked myself. I turn 19 in the August coming so I have passed the childhood/pre-teen state. I’m pretty sure I had a good childhood, I played with dolls, I coloured out the lines, I jumped over the sprinkler, I had about 1 hour on the computer a week to play my My Little Pony game or my Tweenies game, I went on holidays to Haven and got pictures with Anxious the Elephant and Rory the Tiger, I went to Disney Land. I then was a pre-teen, I had a year of trying out makeup (big no-no), I even went to the extent of sneaking out the house to spend the night with one of my friends – although it totally wasn’t worth it since I was on edge all night about getting back before my parents.

BUT lately I’ve began to see that children are skipping out on the child part and going straight into a pre-teen state of mind. I do Brownies (age 7-10) and I’ve found it hugely happening around the ages of 8 and 9. Our 7 year olds don’t give a damn about how their hair is, if their clothes match, if they have the latest phone or if they’ve heard the latest boybands songs,  then they turn 8 and BAM! When we took the Brownies away a weekend ago, one of them asked whether she could bring makeup for the ‘party‘ on the Saturday night – we said no, there was actually no point whatsoever to bring makeup, I said she could bring lip-gloss if she so wished but not makeup, she accepted it once I’d come to agreement about the lipgloss. When we got there we found one of our 8 year olds had brought makeup regardless and had attempted to put it on in the morning and then spent the rest of the day with a slightly blackened face from the mistake with the mascara – when asked why she’d brought it, she replied ‘It makes me pretty’ which honestly truly upset me, the thought that an 8 year old thought she needed makeup to feel pretty.

Of course it’s not just makeup, the amount of 8/9 year olds I have telling me they have a better phone than me is amazing and I really can’t believe that some of these children have iPhone 5’s and iPads! I also am amazed at the amount of Facebook accounts and Instagram accounts they have, including my cousin who really recently turned 10, she has a instagram, that I follow through curiosity and she uses it to express how sexy the member of One Direction are which I don’t know how I feel about because she is in fact just turned 10, she is only in Year 5 and she’s using the word Sexy to describe men.

This was just something that’s been on my mind, I find it really upsetting that children are no longer having childhoods and are being little adults by the time they are 14/15.

R.J.

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I met One Direction Today…

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Okay No I didn’t. I met a tribute band, but what I found interesting was the reaction from the 200 Brownies in the hall with me.

They were really talked up, the group of 7-10 year old girls truly believed the One Direction where going to be on that stage in that school hall, their hope was amazing and of course there was a air of disappointment when Harry, Liam, Louis, Zayn and Niall didn’t come on stage.

But it was a 45 minute show and at the end of those 45 minutes I could’ve sworn those girls had made themselves believe that those 5 boys on that stage were One Direction, the scream when they said autographs and pictures was very, very loud, the one child who was in tears because she wanted her arm signed, the hugs and the wanting to touch these 5 boys was as if the real 1D were there.

And it made me think. Yes there was a little disappointment there but these boys were reasonably cute (very cute!) and they could sing and that was all the 200 girls needed and they fell in love with them and it honestly amazed me.

I didn’t know what it was, I wouldn’t say it was hope but it was something that turned that group of girls who were all sat on the floor looking at the 5 boys who were supposed to be One Direction to the group of girls who were screaming and jumping and singing along with the 5 boys who were not One Direction but were the next best thing.

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